Thursday, December 29, 2011

DIY DSLR Camera Bag

I really wanted a bag for my new camera - I found a ton that I loved on line, but they are all so expensive!

Then, I remembered that Ashley Sisk had a guest post by Kristina of Moms Who Click with directions on making your own camera bag! I looked the post again and it seemed so easy! Except, I wasn't sure what kind of foam to get, I don't really sew or anything like that. So I emailed Kristina and she was super helpful, even sending me two posts she did on her blog with more details about the bag! You can check those out here and here.

My mom had a bag from Kohl's (I think, or Macy's, those are her go to bag stores!) that she never used that would be perfect for this! I love the cute pattern, and that it has a detachable strap for those times I want to wear it across my body instead of on my arm.

I went to Jo-Ann's Fabrics Wednesday and immediately started making my bag.

My materials:
1/2" thick high density foam (about 1 yard)
orange fabric
low temp mini glue gun
lots of glue sticks

I followed all of the instructions here pretty much exactly, but I took lots of pictures, so I thought I'd share them!

I measured and cut all of my foam first, for the bottom and sides, I doubled up the foam to make it extra thick (but I didn't take a picture of that!). Then, I put everything in my bag to make sure it all fit nicely before I wrapped it all up in the fabric. The only place big enough and close enough to an outlet was my kitchen counter (because my desk was still in pieces on the floor, but that's a post for tomorrow!).

I put all the pieces in the bag, and my camera is ready to go! I have a double divider between the camera and my other lens as a safe place to keep my extra dividers and to fill up extra space in the bag. I made a second divider between the lens and my point and shoot, but that was after I took the picture! You can see here how thick the foam is on the right and left sides compared to the top and bottom, because that's where I doubled it up. Its like that on the bottom of the bag too. And of course, if wouldn't be my bag without a hairclip on the strap!

This project was totally out of my comfort zone (um, fabric instead of paper!) but it was fun! Do you ever do projects that are outside of your comfort zone? Do you like it, or do you just want to get back to what you love?


Mary Pat Siehl said...

what a great idea! and it looks great! very impressive

Becky said...

Katie, this is SO fantastic! I love this idea. You did an awesome, awesome job on this!!! I don't think I told you before what a sweetheart AJ was for getting you your camera for Christmas :) He's a keeper, huh? What kind of point and shoot were you using before?

Tracy said...

Your camera bag is perfect. I will have to share this with my daughter. She is using her dad's black bag...not to girly.
Her Canon Rebel 300D isn't very reliable, so she received a nice bonus and is going to buy a Canon 5D Mark 2.
Now these mean nothing to me except that they are pricey....My knowlegde ends at an easy point and shoot, lol.

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